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April 26 2017


A mastodon carcass could totally rewrite American history—but there's reason to be skeptical

CSI: Mastodon

New research makes a startling claim that, if correct, will rewrite everything we know about how North America was populated. Read on.
How To Stay Engaged After #Marchforscience

Corn with a cover of grass: Finding best combination for biofuel corn, soil protection

The phrase "a double-edged sword" describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And renewable biofuels are beneficial to the environment. However, removing the stover can harm the environment because it can cause the soil to erode and lose nutrients.

Conservation endocrinology sheds light on a changing world

As species rapidly adapt to altered landscapes and a warming climate, scientists and stakeholders need new techniques to monitor ecological responses and plan future conservation efforts. Writing in BioScience, Stephen McCormick of the US Geological Survey and Michael Romero of Tufts University describe the emerging field of conservation endocrinology and its growing role in addressing the effects of environmental change. The authors argue that, bolstered by the development of new field-sampling techniques, researchers working in this area are poised to make substantial contributions to the wider field of conservation biology.

Sequencing the station: Investigation aims to identify unknown microbes in space

Building on the ability to sequence DNA in space and previous investigations, Genes in Space-3 is a collaboration to prepare, sequence and identify unknown organisms, entirely from space. When NASA astronaut Kate Rubins sequenced DNA aboard the International Space Station in 2016, it was a game changer. That first-ever sequencing of DNA in space was part of the Biomolecule Sequencer investigation.

Virtual reality's cousin generating lots of buzz as Facebook, Apple, others focus on it

Last year, virtual reality generated lots of buzz. This year, the buzz is around a different kind of "reality" technology that could end up being more popular and useful.

Informed Delivery service lets you peek at your mail before you get it

How would you like to know what's in your mailbox without looking?

'Ageless' silicon throughout Milky Way may indicate a well-mixed galaxy

As galaxies age, some of their basic chemical elements can also show signs of aging. This aging process can be seen as certain atoms "put on a little weight," meaning they change into heavier isotopes—atoms with additional neutrons in their nuclei.

The man behind 2016's biggest US tech IPO shares how the deal went down

While most Silicon Valley tech startups were shying away from the public market last year and analysts were sounding alarm bells over the worrisome lack of IPOs, San Jose-based Nutanix was one of the few companies that took the plunge.

Israel says it uncovered planned mass cyber attacks

Israeli authorities said on Wednesday that they had detected planned cyber attacks against 120 public and private targets in the Jewish state but did not specify the intended victims.

Supercharge your scheduling with these 5 Google Calendar tricks

Google Calendar

Bonus features of a popular app

Google's long-lasting calendar app has been helping people stay organized for years, but you might not know about all of the features and functions it has to offer.

Small businesses can feel bigger effects from a PR disaster

Halfway through Valentine's Day, florist Ajay Kori realized he was in the midst of a disaster.

Digital life project uses 3-D to document endangered frogs

The Digital Life team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by evolutionary biologist Duncan Irschick today unveiled an online set of 15 three-dimensional (3D) models of live frogs, including several endangered species, to promote conservation, education and science by showcasing their extraordinary beauty and vulnerability to ecological threats.

The automation of art: A legal conundrum

In 1968, sociologist Jean Baudrillard wrote on automatism that "contained within it is the dream of a dominated world [...] that serves an inert and dreamy humanity."
Clean-air Adventure Series kickoff: San Luis Obispo, California

How hot peppers and marijuana could help cure gut problems

Just don't try to fix your colitis with Sriracha

Marijuana and hot peppers might cure gut related diseases. Read on.

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Project Management

Start a lucrative new career with over 35 hours of training.

Start a lucrative new career with over 35 hours of training. Read on.

Longer-lasting pain relief with metal-organic frameworks

Scientists are working on a way to package the commonly used drug so it can last longer.


Super-resolution spectral imaging to monitor dynamic processes in real time

Research team develops approach to increase resolution of multichannel spectrometers.

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